Sub-Underground #1

Sun Ra

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Sub-Underground #1 Review

by Sean Westergaard

Sub-Underground #1 (also known as Cosmo-Earth Fantasy) consists of the side-long title cut and a side recorded live at Temple University. It's got an odd sound, with what sounds like some kind of harp or strings, a very odd keyboard sound, and Marshall Allen with a great oboe solo. It's pretty free-form, but not entirely cacophonous. The other side starts with "Love Is for Always," a beautiful feature for Sun Ra's piano and John Gilmore on tenor. This gives way to "The Song of Drums" and "The World of Africa," two percussion-led pieces that feature African (or pseudo-African) chanting along with keyboards. It has some interesting moments, but all in all, isn't an especially exciting release. [This release was remastered and co-produced by Michael D. Anderson (of the Sun Ra Music Archive) and Irwin Chusid, under the auspices of Sun Ra LLC, the heirs of the late music legend. Original session tapes were used when available and sound quality should surpass all previous CD/digital editions.]

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